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Research and expert commentary on digital technologies in public life

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GIS Analysis as a Research Communication Tool

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:22 +0000

The power of geospatial analysis lies in the new ways it provides to look at datasets and the relations among them. It allows you to explore more nuanced questions and discover correlations previously hidden. Used properly, geographic information system (GIS) tools can increase the saliency of a policy issue by expressing your argument visually and […]

NYC to Collect GPS Data on Car Service Passengers—Good Intentions Gone Awry or Something Else?

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 01:20:39 +0000

During the holiday season, New York City through its Taxi & Limousine Commission (the “TLC”) proposed a new rule expanding data reporting obligations for car service platform companies including Uber and Lyft. If the rule is adopted, car services will now have to report the GPS coordinates of both passenger pick-up and drop-off locations to the […]

Disrupting The Business Model of the Fake News Industry

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:00:49 +0000

By Katherine Haenschen & Paul Ellenbogen  In the aftermath of the 2016 election, researchers and media professionals alike seized on the vast proliferation of so-called “Fake News” on Facebook as a cause for concern. An informed citizenry is a necessary condition for democracy, so it is far from ideal to have millions of people consuming […]

Announcing the Open Review Toolkit

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:16:30 +0000

I’m happy to announce the release of the Open Review Toolkit, open source software that enables you to convert your book manuscript into a website that can be used for Open Review. During the Open Review process everyone can read and annotate your manuscript, and you can collect valuable data to help launch your book. […]

CITP Call for Visitors and Affiliates for 2017-18

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 16:18:14 +0000

The Center for Information Technology Policy is an interdisciplinary research center at Princeton that sits at the crossroads of engineering, the social sciences, law, and policy. We are seeking applicants for various residential visiting positions and for non-residential affiliates. For more information about these positions, please see our general information page and yearly call for […]

New Workshop on Technology and Consumer Protection

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:46:51 +0000

[Joe Calandrino is a veteran of Freedom to Tinker and CITP. As long time readers will remember,  he did his Ph.D. here, advised by Ed Felten. He recently joined the FTC as research director of OTech, the Office of Technology Research and Investigation. Today we have an exciting announcement. — Arvind Narayanan.] Arvind Narayanan and […]

Privacy: A Personality, Not Property, Right

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:45:43 +0000

The European Court of Justice’s decision in Google v. Costeja González appears to compel search engines to remove links to certain impugned search results at the request of individual Europeans (and potentially others beyond Europe’s borders). What is more, Costeja may inadvertently and ironically have the effect of appointing American companies as private censors and […]

The Effects of the Forthcoming FCC Privacy Rules on Internet Security

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:52:47 +0000

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced new privacy rules that govern how Internet service providers can share information about consumers with third parties.  One focus of this rulemaking has been on the use and sharing of so-called “Consumer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI)”—information about subscribers—for advertising. The Center for Information Technology Policy and the Center […]

Learning Privacy Expectations by Crowdsourcing Contextual Informational Norms

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:00:47 +0000

[This post reports on joint work with Schrasing Tong, Thomas Wies (NYU), Paula Kift (NYU), Helen Nissenbaum (NYU), Lakshminarayanan Subramanian (NYU), Prateek Mittal (Princeton) — Yan] To appear in the proceedings of the Fourth AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2016) We would like to thank Joanna Huey for helpful comments and feedback. Motivation […]

Sign up now for the first workshop on Data and Algorithmic Transparency

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:42:27 +0000

I’m excited to announce that registration for the first workshop on Data and Algorithmic Transparency is now open. The workshop will take place at NYU on Nov 19. It convenes an emerging interdisciplinary community that seeks transparency and oversight of data-driven algorithmic systems through empirical research. Despite the short notice of the workshop’s announcement (about […]